Leigh Woods

Leigh Woods is a 2 square kilometre (490 acre) area of woodland on the south-west side of the Avon Gorge, opposite the English city of Bristol and north of the Ashton Court estate. It has been designated as a National Nature Reserve. Small mountain biking circuits are present in the woods and the area is a popular walking area for Bristolians. Part of the woodland was donated to the National Trust in 1909 by George Alfred Wills, to prevent development of the city beside the gorge. Areas not owned by the National Trust have since been taken over by the Forestry Commission.

To the south of the woods is an expensive suburb of Bristol also known as Leigh Woods. It is situated at the western end of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which opened in 1864, making the development of Leigh Woods as an upmarket residential area practicable. Houses in varying styles were built from the mid-1860s until the First World War. Styles adopted included Italian, neo-Jacobean, Scottish baronial, Swiss chalet, Domestic Revival and Arts and Crafts.

At the western end of the bridge is Burwalls House, a Victorian mansion owned by the University of Bristol and currently used as a centre for continuing education. On a bluff overlooking the bridge is Alpenfels, a mock Swiss chalet constructed for the Wills tobacco family.

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Leigh Woods - Flora and Fauna
... Because of the rare flora and fauna the woods have been included in the Avon Gorge Site of Special Scientific Interest, and has been designated as a National Nature Reserve ... The south part of the woods is an area of former pasture woodland with old pollards, mainly oak and some small-leaved lime ... Bilberry, a scarce plant in the Bristol area, is found in Leigh Woods, as is the parasitic plant Yellow Bird's-nest ...

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